Dorothee’s passion evolved from drawing and sculpting in her early childhood into an intense desire to become a “goldsmith” in her later teenage years. Nurtured in that quest by her painter mother and engineer father, she embarked on a three year goldsmith apprenticeship under a Master jeweler near Frankfurt, Germany, learning traditional goldsmith techniques of fabrication. “Convincing precious metal to conform to my wishes by hammering, forging, sawing and soldering and the precision and patience needed to do it well, appealed to me instantly”
Her journey brought her to the United States where she added wax carving, casting and stone setting to her repertoire of techniques over the last 22 years. She lives in the beautiful town of Dana Point and has become a proud citizen of the United States in 2003.
Dorothee’s jewelry boldly combines high karat gold interwoven with the rich colors of fine gemstones and the muted hues of rare pearls. “I strive to create a sculptural feel for my jewelry. How the pieces visually flow from all angles is important.”
Inspired by the shape and brilliance of a gemstone or the glow of a stunning pearl her process starts sometimes with sketches, most often by using gold sheet. “Being very visual, I love to get right into it. Working with metals and shaping them, helps me clarify my thoughts and design ideas.”
Her work has been called understated and elegant and has won her 17 first place awards at art shows throughout California.